He Used His Small Lottery Win to Buy a House in the Countryside, but His Family Were Outraged That He Didn’t Split the Money With Them

A man recently wrote to an online forum to share his frustrations with his family. He had a small lottery win and used it to buy a low-cost house in the countryside, but his parents and brother demanded a share of his winnings.

Nice win

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The man wrote, “The sum I won in the lottery was nearly £70,000 (nearly $85,000). When I won, I was living in London. For those not from London, I’ll add that property is extremely expensive there.”

Tough market

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“My lottery win would not even cover a down payment. I’d need close to double it for a good one of those,” he added. “Before I won, I had made peace with not owning a home until I was retired, and maybe not even then, and definitely not in London.”

Long commute

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The man was under 30 when he won. He lived in a houseshare with three others and faced a long commute to work because it was all he could afford.

Property search

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When he received his winnings, he scoured the country, looking for homes he could buy for £70,000. He applied for remote work or jobs in those areas, and when he found a job, he purchased a house in North Yorkshire.

Modest dwellings

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The home was very modest, but the area was nice. He bought it outright, and now he doesn’t need to worry about mortgage payments.

Unhappy family

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When his parents and family heard about his new home, they were unhappy. They told him that he should have shared his winnings with them.

Difficult circumstances

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His parents both work full-time and are nearing retirement. They could afford to buy a home in the UK if they moved out of London. However, they are reluctant to leave the capital.

Workshy brother

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His brother still lives at home. He does not work and relies on his parent’s support. He has no physical or mental impairments that hinder him from working.

Strange expectations

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The man understands that if he’d won millions in the lottery, he would be in a position to help his family. However, it was a modest amount that covered the purchase of a home and not much else.

Humble abode

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The man is saving for a car. All his furniture and appliances are pre-owned bargains that he found online. He’s just about made this happen, so he can’t understand his family’s reaction.

Was he in the right?

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His family has accused him of turning his back on them. They say he is selfish for not sharing his lottery win with them. However, he’s sure he made the right call, so he wrote to an online forum for some backup.

The internet responded

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One poster wrote, “Good on you for making decisions that allow you to live within your means, including moving to another area.”

While another commenter said, “That’s outrageous. Why would you owe them anything from a lottery win that barely covers a modest home purchase?”

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